14 items from 2013
To celebrate the UK cinema release this week of Fede Álvarez's horror reboot Evil Dead (2013), based upon the 1981 original by Sam Raimi, we're offering our loyal readers the chance to win an amazing seven-dvd horror bundle containing the following StudioCanal cult classics; Wolf Creek, The Orphanage, Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark, Julia's Eyes, Orphan, Silent House and Kill List. Each film has been carefully selected from the extensive StudioCanal catalogue for its ability to scare the bejesus out of those audiences brave enough to watch. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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Del Toro's haunted-house flick to get a new cast member? According to a Variety report, this year's Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain (for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty) is in "final negotiations" to become the latest addition to the cast of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's haunted-house movie Crimson Peak. If her signature does end up in the dotted line, Chastain will be featured next to Pacific Rim / Queer as Folk's Charlie Hunnam, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug / Star Trek Into Darkness' Benedict Cumberbatch, and one of Chastain's The Help co-stars: Emma Stone. Needless to say, for that to happen all of the aforementioned names must actually end up in the film. As per Justin Kroll's Variety article, the plot of the Legendary Pictures horror film (possibly to be handled by Universal Pictures) remains unknown. Could GdT's latest turn out to be Robert Wise's The Haunting »
- Andre Soares
This June sees the return of FEARnet's original comedy horror series 'Holliston'. The second season, which will kick off on Tuesday 4 June at 10:00pm Et/7:00pm Pt during FEARnet's Twisted Comedy Block, will air over 10 episodes - a whole 4 episode increase! The show revolves around two aspiring horror filmmakers Adam and Joe, played by real life filmmakers Adam Green ('Hatchet III') and Joe Lynch ('Knights of Badassdom'). The show also sees the return of series regulars Corri English ('Unrest'), Laura Ortiz ('The Hills Have Eyes') and former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider as Lance Rockett. And of course will once again feature a whole host of various horror-related cameos from the likes of Bill Moseley ('The Devil's Rejects'), Kane Hodder ('Hatchet'), Sid Haig ('House of 1000 Corpses'), David Naughton ('An American Werewolf in London »
The Secret Garden has been adapted on numerous past occasions for theatre, film and television. Kate Maberly, Andrew Knott and Dame Maggie Smith starred in a 1993 cinematic adaptation directed by Agnieszka Holland.
His next directorial venture will be Pacific Rim, which opens in the UK on July 12.
Watch a trailer for Pacific Rim below: »
Following an Oscar nomination for scripting Beasts of the Southern Wild, writer Lucy Alibar is teaming with producer Guillermo del Toro and Mark Johnson (who last teamed on Don't Be Afraid of the Dark) for a new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic book The Secret Garden. Considering how Alibar and del Toro tackled the idea of young children essentially living on their own and traversing their own special fantasy worlds. However, this new take on the story of an orphaned girl who is sent to live with her reclusive uncle and discovers a hidden garden containing magical secrets will be a bit different from previous adaptations as it will take place in the South, at the turn of the 20th century. So that's pretty cool. For those who don't know the original story, here's the official synopsis: Mistress Mary is quite contrary until she helps her garden grow. »
- Ethan Anderton
Add another project to Guillermo del Toro's list of productions. News has it that del Toro will produce a new adaptation of The Secret Garden, the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Universal won the rights to the story and has set Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lucy Alibar, who co-wrote Beasts of the Southern Wild, to pen the screenplay. Before you even ask, no, it doesn't look like del Toro will be directing, though he will work closely with Alibar and will reteam with Don't Be Afraid of the Dark producer Mark Johnson. Hit the jump for more details. Deadline reports that del Toro and Alibar will be part of the creative force behind Universal's adaptation of The Secret Garden. The century-old tale centers on a ten-year-old Mary Lennox, a recently orphaned girl who moves from India to her uncle's estate in England. There, she discovers a rose garden hidden away on »
- Dave Trumbore
While it's hard to say what, if any, impact she had, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain ruled the box office over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend with Mama and Zero Dark Thirty. Meanwhile, Silver Linings Playbook expanded to over 2,500 locations and had its best weekend yet, and stars Mark Wahlberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger headlined bombs Broken City and The Last Stand. Mama drastically exceeded expectations with a $28.4 million three-day debut ($32.15 million four-day). While the supernatural horror genre is pretty reliable, this is an unusually high opening for an entry that doesn't utilize found footage; in fact, it's the genre's top non-found-footage debut since 2005's The Exorcism of Emily Rose ($30.1 million). Also, in just three days it earned more than producer Guillermo del Toro's last movie Don't Be Afraid of the Dark earned in its entire run ($24 million). Aside from the advantages inherent to the genre, Mama also benefited from a »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ticket buyers in North America made something abundantly clear this past weekend. Number one, horror films are still very much in vogue as the Guillermo del Toro produced Mama debuted with an impressive $26 million opening weekend. Del Toro's above the title productions have been an interesting and inconsistent affair in terms of both quality and box office. In comparison, Mama grossed more in its opening weekend than the entire run of his 2011-produced Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. January has been kind to horror in recent years, and it seems like Universal has found the sweet spot for scary stories.
Lesson number two: Audiences didn't seem very eager to welcome back Arnold Schwarzenegger whose new film The Last Stand opened abysmally at ninth place with $5.6 million. The first few months of 2013 will be interesting since three major action stars of yesteryear are opening high profile action films. Schwarzenegger's return was all but rebuked. »
When it comes to the films he produces but does not direct, Guillermo Del Toro seems to enjoy helping young filmmakers to create "old-fashioned" genre films. Films like The Orphanage, Julia's Eyes, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, and even Splice (to a point) seem to hearken back to an earlier era in which scares were classier, plots were simpler, and audiences were a lot more open to bumps in the night and playful chills. The producer's latest effort, an intermittently effective horror thriller called Mama, fits squarely among those other projects: it has a basic premise that won't win many awards for originality, but there's an attention to detail, several quiet moments of effective eeriness, and just enough earnest intent to push the flick across the finish line.
That's not to say that Andres Muschietti's Mama doesn't have a few shortcomings, but I'll take an old-school "creepy" thriller that »
- Scott Weinberg
Opening with "Once upon a time..." slowly scrawled on the screen in a child's hand, we're immediately expected to think of Mama as a fairy tale. Wasting no further time, the story is underway in the midst of the financial crisis. A father has killed two of his co-workers, heads home, kills his wife, kidnaps his two young daughters and heads for the hills. Here, things take a quick, but inevitable turn. A snowy road and the father's on-edge demeanor cause him to lose control of the car, sending it sliding off the road and down a small cliff. Bleeding, he emerges and staggers through the woods with his daughters in tow when they come to a small cabin in the woods. They enter, bad things happen. As movies are wont to do, we flash five years into the future where the girls' uncle, Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), has not given »
- Brad Brevet
Arnold's back, but it looks like Jessica has his number over Martin Luther King weekend.After a decade-long hiatus from leading man status, Arnold Schwarzengger is starring in The Last Stand, which opens in 2,913 locations this weekend. It's going after the same older male audience as Mark Wahlberg drama Broken City, though, which should keep both movies out of the top spot. Instead, it looks likely that first place either goes to holdover Zero Dark Thirty or new horror flick Mama, both of which star Jessica Chastain. Out of the nine brand-new nationwide releases in January, eight of them are rated R. The only outlier is Mama, which is attempting to appeal to the PG-13 horror crowd. While Universal's marketing campaign has been light, it has also very clearly established the movie's scary premise, which finds supernatural occurances ensuing after two young girls are rescued from the woods and brought »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Guillermo Del Toro is still working on his "Pacific Rim" sci-fi film, but has already chosen his next project. Variety has learned that Del Toro will next direct his haunted house thriller "Crimson Peak." Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man) is currently in talks to star. Plot details are being kept a secret, but it has been mentioned that the film is a classic ghost story that also makes use of modern conventions. Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (Wild Target) are currently re-writing the original script, written by Del Toro and Matthew Robbins (Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Mimic). The plan is to begin shooting in February of 2014. »
Emma Stone is ascending Guillermo Del Toro's "Crimson Peak." The "Amazing Spider-Man" actress is in early talks to star in the filmmaker's upcoming haunted house movie, which Del Toro has confirmed will serve as his next directing project. Stone's role, as well as the plot of the film itself, remains under wraps as Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon rewrite the previous draft of the script that the former collaborated on with Matthew Robbins ("Mimic," "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"). The film is slated to begin shooting in February of 2014. The news was broken by Variety. Del Toro is currently »
- HitFix Staff
The Guillermo del Toro produced horror film Mama looks like it could be a really good horror movie, but remember... we thought the same thing about Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, and look how that turned out. Approach this movie with caution. I know we all want it to be good, I love the concept, we just hope it's executed well. The story follows "two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night."
Four film clips have been released for the movie which stars Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones). The movie was directed by Andy Muschietti who was the director of the short film.
Five years ago, sisters Victoria and Lilly »
- Joey Paur
14 items from 2013
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